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Lewis Silkin LLP

Survey results


If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Elspeth Tascioni (The Good Wife) – very smart but a bit outside the box

The verdict

The verdict

The CEO of Lewis Silkin sits in an open-plan hub, proof of the fact that the firm operates a ‘very flat hierarchy’ where ‘partners are very approachable’. The ‘well-known and highly-regarded employment practice’ continues to be a draw, and being part of a small cohort means that ‘the work on offer to trainees is often of a high quality’. For those who show willing the opportunities are plentiful, as summarised by one recruit: ‘the more I proved capable and interested, the more work opportunities I was given’. What is more, ‘trainees are encouraged to become involved in business development and to foster client relationships at a very early stage’. There were some concerns that the culture was changing following ‘a recent restructure following which a lot of people left’. But the firm does have a ‘friendly approach’ and ‘cares about its employees’. Dealing with a patronising solicitor on the other side of a matter and ‘late nights waiting for counsel to respond’ were irksome moments. But, usually, there is a ‘fair amount of flexibility’ and the work/life balance is generally good. Best moments include ‘managing a statutory demand and bankruptcy case to a successful conclusion’ and ‘handling a small transaction from start to finish’. A ‘secondment to a football club’ was another recruit’s highlight of their training so far. In what can be a pressurised and fast-paced environment, Lewis Silkin trainees are both comforted and motivated in the knowledge that ‘the people you work with value your contribution and make sure you understand what you’re doing’. If this sounds like a good fit for you, research Lewis Silkin.

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